Norway in winter
During the winter season, Norway undergoes a transformation. The days are shorter, the landscapes are covered in snow and the crowds of tourists vanish. The weather becomes harsh, reminding one of the wild nature of this land, stretching beyond the Arctic Circle.
Norway is vast and it would take months to explore all its corners. This gallery is just a glimpse of some of the magical places in this country: the Norwegian Fjords, Dovrefjell National Park, the Lofoten Islands, and Senja Island. Days with little daylight, surrounded by silent landscapes and towering mountains. And cold nights filled with excitement, as one waits for the Northern Lights.
Although the small fisherman’s houses and the mountain Festhaeltinden in the background are the most famous things of Hamnoy village, the landscape is captivating in every direction.
Firs on Senja Island covered in snow.
Small snowflakes fall as I gaze at the verticality and size of the walls surrounding the Geiranger fjord. A sublime landscape.
The Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord are the most pure and spectacular arms of the Sognefjord. In winter, some groups of orcas venture here to hunt seals and harbour porpoise.
The Hardangervidda National Park, located in a unique alpine region, is the largest national park in Norway and has the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. This plateau is home to the largest herd of wild reindeer, as well as other vulnerable species such as the arctic fox. During the winter, snow and wind transform this landscape, making it a wild and inhospitable territory.
In Norway, there are beautiful mountains with no known names. Lakes that go unnoticed. And landscapes where it is possible to hike without encountering anyone.
The Ytresand beach is one of the wildest on the Lofoten Islands.
Olden village’s environment.
Above the Arctic Circle, snow reaches the beaches and meets the sea. Ravika beach, Lofoten Islands.
Driving under a snowstorm. The field of vision is reduced. Everything is white.
The musk oxen living in Dovrefjell’s mountains must endure extreme conditions all winter long. They have perfectly adapted to the harsh climate.
Musk oxen are survivors of the tundra. They existed during the Ice Age, along with mammoths or woolly rhinoceroses.
Two musk oxen measuring their strength by headbutting each other. Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
The Hardangervidda National Park plateau, the largest in Norway, is covered in snow in the winter. It’s a good time to try to track the herds of wild reindeer that live in this national park.
Anderdalen National Park on Senja island.
The mountains surrounding the Hjørundfjorden fjord, viewed from Urke.
Stepping on freshly fallen snow is one of the best feelings.
Scenes of climate change. A decade ago the Briksdal Glacier reached the lake. Now they are separated by over 100 meters.
A roe deer in the snowy meadows of central Norway, near the Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park.
One of the most beautiful postcards of the Lofoten Islands. The fishing village of Reine.
Reine under the dance of the Northern Lights.